Sen. Ed Meyer has introduced a bill in the Connecticut Legislature that he says would imporove access to the extremely popular Hammonasset Campgrounds for families.
He says the legislation will allow families to camp for three weeks, take five days off, then return for three more weeks. The bill has passed the Senate and is on its way to the House for consideration, the Madison Patch reported.
The proposed legislation also would apply to Rocky Neck State Park, the state’s other campground on Long Island Sound.
Here is how it currently works, according to the state Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, which runs the state parks:
At Hammonasset Beach and Rocky Neck State Parks, the maximum length of stay is 21 consecutive days. Additionally, pursuant to state law (CGS 23-16a), in any single calendar year, the total length of all stays at each of these two parks cannot exceed 21 days. (For example, three visits of five days each for a total of 15 days is allowed; two visits of 14 days each for a total of 28 days exceeds the allowable limit.)
The Hammonasset Beach Campground is open for the 2012 season from May 18 through Oct. 9 (daily). Reservations are available for periods of stay from Memorial Day weekend May 24 through Oct. 9. Walk-ins only from May 18-May 24.